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No. 23 NC State holds off Boston College 28-23 to reach 5-0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State went from dominating Boston College on both sides of the ball to frittering just about everything away - first momentum, then nearly all of a big second-half lead - in a suddenly close finish.

And yet, the 23rd-ranked Wolfpack stayed unbeaten.

Reggie Gallaspy ran for a career-best 104 yards and two touchdowns to help N.C. State beat Boston College 28-23, securing its best start in 16 years.

There were plenty of problems, from four turnovers to having two kicks blocked. And the Wolfpack abruptly went from cruising with a 28-3 lead to needing Ryan Finley to connect on a late third-down passing play to hang onto the ball and run out the clock.

''Really proud of the resiliency of our guys, the toughness and the fortitude they had to finish,'' coach Dave Doeren said. ''It was sloppy, but it was awesome to find a way to win against a really good team.''

Finley threw for two touchdowns for the Wolfpack (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), including his scoring strike to Kelvin Harmon for the 28-3 lead with 2:57 left in the third. Yet the Eagles - playing without injured running back AJ Dillion, their top player - responded with 20 straight points, the last being a blocked punt return with 3:33 left.

But the Wolfpack recovered an onside kick, then Finley hit Stephen Louis near the sideline for 21 yards with 1:08 left to send the Wolfpack into kneel-down mode.

''I think we definitely showed that we can handle all the punches,'' Wolfpack receiver Jakobi Meyers said.

Ben Glines had a rushing and receiving touchdown for the Eagles (4-2, 1-1). BC had bumbled its way to 109 yards and four first downs in falling behind big, but its offense put up 209 yards in those final 17-plus minutes.

''I thought we adjusted our game without AJ, and I thought we hit a little rhythm,'' Eagles coach Steve Addazio said. ''I would put that squarely on me because I would say we needed to find that adjustment sooner.''

THE TAKEAWAY

BC: The Eagles showed two things. First, they're a very different team without Dillon, the nation's fifth-leading rusher, who didn't travel after injuring an ankle last week. They also had enough moxie to rally after three dreadful three quarters.

''I thought we were a team that battled until the end and put ourselves in a position to have a chance to win the game at the end after coming off of an atrocious first half,'' Addazio said.

N.C. State: This is the program's best start since the 2002 team reached 9-0 and made it to No. 10 in the AP Top 25 behind quarterback Philip Rivers, now in his 15th year with the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

N.C. State seems likely to climb a few spots in the AP Top 25 after beating a team that was ranked earlier this season to stay unbeaten.

QUESTIONABLE CALL

BC's rally nearly ended amid a fumble call in which Glines was stripped by Germaine Pratt inside the Wolfpack 5-yard line with 6:09 left. Glines was running amid a standup pile, the kind of play that typically draws a whistle to signal the end of forward progress. But that whistle never came, and the call had Addazio standing on the field while yelling and pointing at the officials.

Ultimately, BC quickly got it back when Travis Levy recovered Mike Palmer's blocked punt in the end zone.

MOVING THE CHAINS

N.C. State came in ranked third in FBS in third-down conversion rate, then went 10 of 15 against the Eagles. BC converted just 1 of 10.

WOLFPACK'S TURNOVERS

N.C. State entered with three turnovers before tallying four Saturday: two on Finley interceptions, one a fumbled punt return by redshirt freshman Thayer Thomas and the other a fumbled fourth-quarter carry by freshman Ricky Person.

Finley's first pick - a pressured second-quarter dump-off near the goal line - drew an immediate critique.

''He should never have done that,'' Doeren said of his quarterback widely regarded as a top NFL prospect. ''He should've thrown that ball away. That was a poor choice.''

UP NEXT

BC: The Eagles host Louisville next Saturday.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack's open week is followed by an Oct. 20 trip to No. 4 Clemson.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:33
99-C.Lichtenberg extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
28
Touchdown 3:41
90-A.Cole punts 0 yards from NCST 22 blocked by 18-M.Palmer. 23-T.Levy runs no gain for a touchdown.
1
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
22
28
Missed Two Point Conversion 11:10
13-A.Brown incomplete. Intended for 23-T.Levy.
plays
yds
pos
16
28
Touchdown 11:15
13-A.Brown complete to 19-B.Glines. 19-B.Glines runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
64
yds
01:39
pos
16
28
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:33
99-C.Lichtenberg extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
28
Touchdown 1:38
19-B.Glines runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
65
yds
01:19
pos
9
28
Point After TD 2:57
32-C.Dunn extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
28
Touchdown 3:03
15-R.Finley complete to 3-K.Harmon. 3-K.Harmon runs 34 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
60
yds
01:48
pos
3
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:43
32-C.Dunn extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
21
Touchdown 0:46
15-R.Finley complete to 11-J.Meyers. 11-J.Meyers runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
86
yds
01:48
pos
3
20
Point After TD 4:43
32-C.Dunn extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
14
Touchdown 4:47
25-R.Gallaspy runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
66
yds
03:28
pos
3
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:02
99-C.Lichtenberg 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
4
yds
02:50
pos
3
7
Point After TD 7:52
32-C.Dunn extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 7:59
25-R.Gallaspy runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
66
yds
04:46
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 34
Rushing 6 14
Passing 6 17
Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Conv 1-10 10-15
4th Down Conv 1-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 307 533
Total Plays 50 87
Avg Gain 6.1 6.1
Net Yards Rushing 120 225
Rush Attempts 25 53
Avg Rush Yards 4.8 4.2
Net Yards Passing 187 308
Comp. - Att. 14-25 25-34
Yards Per Pass 7.5 9.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-11 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-37 1-5
Touchdowns 3 4
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 1 0
Turnovers 1 4
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 5-44.4 1-49.0
Return Yards 129 33
Punts - Returns 1-22 2-14
Kickoffs - Returns 4-95 1-19
Int. - Returns 2-12 0-0
Kicking 3/3 4/5
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 1/1 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Boston College 4-2 3071323
23 NC State 5-0 7147028
187 PASS YDS 308
120 RUSH YDS 225
307 TOTAL YDS 533
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Brown 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56% 198 1 0 135.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.4% 1059 13 4 149.5
A. Brown 14/25 198 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Glines 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 90 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
49 265 2
B. Glines 16 90 1 23
A. Brown 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 15 0
A. Brown 6 21 0 28
T. Levy 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 81 0
T. Levy 2 7 0 5
J. Smith 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 105 0
J. Smith 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Walker 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 72 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 134 0
M. Walker 3 72 0 46
K. White 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 46 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 258 3
K. White 4 46 0 25
J. Smith 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 239 3
J. Smith 1 35 0 35
B. Glines 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 19 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 106 3
B. Glines 2 19 1 11
T. Sweeney 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 123 3
T. Sweeney 1 13 0 13
C. Garrison 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 16 0
C. Garrison 1 7 0 7
T. Levy 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 41 0
T. Levy 2 6 0 5
K. Idrizi 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 27 0
K. Idrizi 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Lamot 28 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Lamot 1-0 0.0 0
K. Bletzer 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
K. Bletzer 0-0 0.0 1
Z. Allen 2 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
Z. Allen 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Lichtenberg 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
1/1 10/10
C. Lichtenberg 1/1 33 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
G. Carlson 95 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 44.4 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
32 39.1 1
G. Carlson 5 44.4 1 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Walker 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 23.8 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
21 26.7 33 0
M. Walker 4 23.8 33 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Palmer 18 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 1
M. Palmer 1 22.0 22 1
T. Levy 23 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 1
T. Levy 1 0.0 0 1
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.5% 308 2 2 157.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.5% 1621 10 3 156.8
R. Finley 25/34 308 2 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Gallaspy 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 104 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
89 324 7
R. Gallaspy 25 104 2 22
R. Person 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 92 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 205 0
R. Person 17 92 0 17
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 31 0
R. Finley 3 19 0 9
B. Bodine 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 83 1
B. Bodine 3 14 0 10
T. Thomas 87 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
T. Thomas 1 8 0 8
S. Louis 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 18 0
S. Louis 1 6 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Harmon 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 128 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 534 2
K. Harmon 9 128 1 34
J. Meyers 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 99 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 319 1
J. Meyers 10 99 1 23
S. Louis 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 138 0
S. Louis 4 45 0 21
C. Angeline 6 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 38 1
C. Angeline 1 24 0 24
T. Thomas 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 202 2
T. Thomas 1 12 0 12
E. Emezie 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 244 2
E. Emezie 0 0 0 0
R. Gallaspy 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
R. Gallaspy 0 0 0 0
C. Riley 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 118 1
C. Riley 0 0 0 0
R. Person 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
R. Person 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
G. Pratt 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
G. Pratt 2-0 1.0 0
E. Bryant 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
E. Bryant 0-1 0.5 0
D. Holden 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
D. Holden 0-1 0.5 0
J. Smith-Williams 39 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
J. Smith-Williams 0-1 0.5 0
L. Murchison 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
L. Murchison 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Dunn 32 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
8/11 19/19
C. Dunn 0/1 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Cole III 90 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 49.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 40.5 1
A. Cole III 1 49.0 1 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Trowell 8 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 21.5 19 0
M. Trowell 1 19.0 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Thomas 87 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 7.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 12.0 19 0
T. Thomas 2 7.0 19 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NCST 35 1:35 8 35 Downs
7:52 NCST 35 2:50 9 62 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:54 BC 7 0:37 3 3 Punt
9:28 BC 27 0:45 3 7 Punt
4:43 NCST 35 1:33 6 35 Punt
0:43 NCST 35 0:03 4 -4 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:56 BC 20 0:59 3 4 Punt
2:57 NCST 35 1:19 6 65 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:54 BC 36 1:39 5 64 TD
9:46 BC 20 3:11 9 75 Fumble
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:45 NCST 30 4:46 11 70 TD
4:57 BC 35 4:27 14 -28 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:35 BC 45 1:24 4 -28 INT
8:15 NCST 23 3:28 8 77 TD
2:34 NCST 14 1:48 11 86 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:33 BC 35 0:00 17 72 FG Miss
4:51 NCST 40 1:48 4 60 TD
1:33 BC 35 1:13 9 42 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:10 BC 35 0:47 4 -3 Punt
6:20 NCST 2 2:35 6 20 TD
3:33 BC 35 2:25 8 50